Celebrating 40 years in Bozeman, the one and only original MBC’s Nutcracker returns to the Willson Auditorium on December 2nd and 3rd. Performances will be held at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, with additional shows on Sunday at noon and 4pm.
In tradition, MBC is thrilled to welcome exceptional guest artists to its cast of more than 100 community dancers. This year from the renowned New York City Ballet, Indiana Woodward and Sebastian Villarini-Velez will perform both the Snow and Sugar Plum pas de deux. Also joining the cast is Bozeman favorite Soren Kisiel in the role of Drosselmeyer. The part of Clara will be danced by MBC Company Dancers Dulcinéa Johnston and Ruby Weinberg.
MBC will once again collaborate with the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Maestro Lee Mills, internationally acclaimed conductor and five-time winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, will conduct.
MBC is also delighted to partner with the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter to promote animal adoptions. HOV’s mission is to compassionately shelter the lost and surrendered pets of Gallatin and Madison Valleys, and to enhance the lives of people and companion animals through pet adoption and education. As a special treat, Worf, our four-legged furry friend will join the cast during MBC’s Nutcracker performances!
First performed in the lobby of First Security Bank in 1983, MBC’s Nutcracker is held the first weekend in December and has become synonymous with the Bozeman Christmas Stroll. This production is a cherished holiday tradition for countless performers and their families and friends, as well as the thousands of audience members who share in the experience year after year. MBC’s Nutcracker is a treat for the entire family.
Also next month, Tea with Clara returns! The event will feature two seatings at 11am and 2pm on Saturday, Dec. 9th. This special affair is a must for families and children – the perfect opportunity to get dressed up and create lifetime memories in a magical setting. Following at 7pm, the inaugural Nutcracker Ball will be held. This exclusive event will include live performances by MBC and select Bozeman Symphony Orchestra musicians, as well as fine drink and dining, all in a beautifully festive atmosphere. All events will be held in the Baxter Ballroom. See host website for additional details and ticketing access.
All Nutcracker performances sold out in 2021 and 2022. Purchase tickets early to join the celebration at www.montanaballet.org or by calling (406) 582-8702. All seating is reserved. Ticket prices range from $28 to $78. •